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Upstate Thoughts And Coming To Tupelo Music Hall On 5/9/21

May 6th, 2021 6 comments
Anywhere USA

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Jorma in Cortland, NY

Thursday, May 6, 2021

So here I am on my first roadtrip for more than a couple of gigs in a year. I’m driving my RV so the whole deal is more than exciting on many levels. It seems that I, like so many others, am starting to get my life back… in a way. My colleagues Myron and Phil are ensconced in the hotel and I am boondocking in the parking lot. Since I’ve got pretty much everything I need here in the rig, I decided to take a walk to pick up the two things I neglected to bring… salt and pepper. We’re at a Hampton Inn here and even though I have yet to even set foot in the lobby, it looks like all Hampton Inns.

I remember living in Upstate New York more than thirty years ago. It wasn’t exactly the Rust Belt, but I could always detect a certain feeling of gentle, or maybe not so gentle decay. The countryside is so beautiful but these older urban areas just seem like they have seen better days… a long time ago. Now, my observations are simply based on where I’m parked right now so I don’t mean to generalize. There was a boarded-up Ramada Inn next door and a mile or so away at the shopping plaza most of the shops were empty.

Now back home at the Market On State St. Shopping Plaza many of the stores are empty too, but it just seems lighter somehow. There is not real point to this entry so far… just morning observations from a traveling voyeur. I have loved the face of America for many years.

It is good to be a part of the visage again!

Now, coming up on the 9th of May, a gig at the Tupelo Music Hall in Derry, new Hampshire. In addition to two great great shows by yours truly (1 PM and 4 PM) There are also streaming possibilities. The one PM Show: https://tupelomusichall.vidflex.tv/en/c/jorma-kaukonen-sunday-may-9th-1pm-edt.41 and/ or the four PM show: https://tupelomusichall.vidflex.tv/en/c/jorma-kaukonen-sunday-may-9th-4pm-edt.44

OK… old routine setting in. A quick lunch, fresh strings and tonight’s set list.

Good!

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From The Vinoski Winery To The Center Of The Arts In Home

May 5th, 2021 10 comments
The Four Leaf Clover Whisperer

Photo By Myron Hart

We set out on a cloudy day from Pomeroy and wound up in Belle Vernon for a gig at the Vinoski Winery. The clouds opened up but the audience hung more than tough and the first gig of this little run was rewarding in so many ways!

Open mess on board Hawke

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

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Jorma Solo

Vinoski Winery

Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

  1. Dime For Beer
  2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
  3. Letter To The North Star
  4. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
  5. I Am The Light Of This World
  6. Serpent Of Dreams
  7. Corners Without Exits
  8. Uncle Sam Blues
  9. 99 Year Blues
  10. How Long Blues
  11. New Song For The Morning
  12. Ain’t In No Hurry
  13. Another Man Done Gone
  14. Hesitation Blues
  15. Great Divide Revisited
  16. Candy Man
  17. Come Back Baby
  18. Living In The Moment
  19. Trial By Fire
  20. Good Shepherd
  21. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
  22. I Know You Rider
  23. Encore: Water Song

Yeah… a bunch of songs were played… rain is just rain.

A cloudy but scenic drive from Belle Vernon to Homer. We had a day off to do it in so we cruised it. The storm still seems to be following us… or we’re following the storm.

Time to get a good night’s sleep after a long day behind the wheel.

More anon…

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My Friend Al… #47 In The Wings

April 30th, 2021 60 comments
A sunny day with the top off of the old Jeep

Selfie by Vanessa Kaukonen

At my age I have been saying a lot of goodbyes the most recent being to my old friend Al Schmitt. Al was such an important part of the Jefferson Airplane Family in terms of what he brought to the table as a producer. RCA assigned him to us starting with After Bathing At Baxters. At a point in our relatively young lives when we thought we knew it all we were probably not the easiest folks to work with. That being said, Al found a way to get the best out of us without being constraining. Al had golden ears. He knew good sounds when he heard them. Our recorded life would not have been the same without him. He was a good man and a wonderful human being. As so often happens, I was just thinking about getting in touch with him when I heard from my good pal Mike Lawson that he had passed. Another moment down the river. More than being a great recording engineer, Al knew when he heard the great performances in a time before Frankensolos.

The earth is a poorer place for his passing. Fair wind and following seas brother.

Come see us yet one more time!

We’re going to have our first small but live audience at the Fur Peace Station for this show. Please join us for the fun!

Last but not least. There have been some bizarre threads in the comments section of this blog. I foolishly let it go for a while hoping that it would peter out. It didn’t. At the risk of sounding pissy, it’s my blog and I’m going to sound pissy. I’m not into conspiracy theories. Please don’t use my space for yours. Enough already. As Mom used to way, ‘A word to the wise is sufficient!’

To New York & Back

April 24th, 2021 20 comments
Back to the source…

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

It’s been well over a year since I’ve had the privilege of playing in Manhattan. The good folks at the City Winery invited me to come and bring my guitar and so with a smile on my face… I came.

You can’t see the smile… but it’s there!

Photo by Myron Hart

Four shows… in two days. Playing three hours a night for the first time in well… a long time, is quite different from the Quarantine Concert Series. Good to get back in the saddle!

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Jorma Solo Early Show

City Winery

New York City

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

  1. Too Many Years
  2. Ice Age
  3. The Terrible Operation
  4. How Long Blues
  5. Uncle Sam. Blues
  6. Search My Heart
  7. Trial By Fire
  8. Sea Child
  9. Serpent Of Dreams
  10. Candy Man
  11. Been So Long
  12. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
  13. I Am The Light Of This World
  14. That’ll Never Happen No More
  15. Encore: Embryonic Journey

Jorma Kaukonen 18, 2021

Jorma Solo Late Show

City Winery

New York City

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

  1. Dime For Beer
  2. Hesitation Blues
  3. Come Back Baby
  4. I See The Light
  5. Second Chances
  6. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
  7. Corners Without Exits
  8. Sleep Song
  9. Good Shepherd
  10. Day To Day Out The Window Blues
  11. I’ll Be All Right Some Day
  12. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
  13. I Know You Rider
  14. Encore: Whining Boy Blues

Jorma Kaukonen 19, 2021

Jorma Solo Early Show

City Winery

New York City

Thursday, April 22, 2021

  1. True Religion
  2. I’ll Let You Know Before I Leave
  3. Broken Highway
  4. Blue Railroad Train
  5. Been So Long
  6. Heart Temporary
  7. Great Change
  8. Full Go Round
  9. In The Kingdom
  10. Ode To Billy Dean
  11. San Francisco Bay Blues
  12. How Long Blues
  13. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today?
  14. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning

Jorma Kaukonen 20, 2021

Jorma Solo Late Show

City Winery

New York City

Thursday, April 22, 2021

  1. Hesitation Blues
  2. Come Back Baby
  3. Serpent Of Dreams
  4. River Of Time
  5. In My Dreams
  6. Follow The Drinking Gourd
  7. Prohibition Blues
  8. Living In The Moment
  9. Watch The North Wind Rise
  10. Flying Clouds
  11. 99 Year Blues
  12. Waiting For A Train
  13. Walking Blues
  14. Things That Might Have Been
  15. Roads and Roads &
  16. Encore: Genesis
Man at work…

Photo by Phil Jacobs

I was so moved by the response of our friends in the audience at the Winery. Many thanks from me!

The Old… and the new…

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

It was a new skyline for me here in the Tri-State. I’m walking up the Hudson on the Weehawken side and I look to my right and there is an old friend… the Empire State Building. It may seem dwarfed in this shot surrounded by new architecture, but for a guy of my age, it will always be the One!

Life goes on indeed…

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Now tonight… #46

Special Edition tonight…

Tonight John Hurlbut and I will play the entire River Flows record… Volume One, and Volume Two which will not be released until July.

Onward

Love And A 45

April 19th, 2021 22 comments
Looking down from 400 feet…

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Well… thinking about posting the set list from #45 from Saturday night and with the number 45 in my head got to thinking about that wacky little 1994 flick, Love And A .45. Watty Watts in the movie per his granddaddy: “Watty, only two things you need in life to get by on this planet: Love and a 45.”

I think after I upload this I’ll see if I can find the movie streaming. Anyway…

I’ve loved all our shows in the Quarantine Concert Series, but to be able to play songs with our daughter Izze… is special. My pal, Myron Hart, added the rhythm guitar part and I was blown away by how his vocal harmonies blended with Izze’s voice. Good times!

Here’s a clip of the three of us… You know I love this!

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Quarantine Concert Series #45

The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, April 16, 2021

  1. Dime For Beer
  2. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
  3. 99 Year Blues
  4. Keep Your Lamps Trimmed & Burning
  5. Ode To Billy Dean
  6. I Shall Be Released with John Hurlbut
  7. Angel Island with John Hurlbut
  8. Another Man Done Gone
  9. Let us Get Together Right Down Here
  10. Trial By Fire
  11. Valerie Featuring Izze Kaukonen & Myron Hart

On the one hand it’s hard for me to wrap my mind around the fact that we’ve been doing these shows for over a year, yet on the other hand it seems like a lifetime. To be able to make music with friends and family is more than a blessing.

Tomorrow Myron and I will be driving up to New York for four shows at the City Winery. That would be the 21st and the 22nd, two shows each day.

Wow! Leaving home for a gig in the Northeast! Good stuff. I’ll have my vaccination record with me, of course. I think I’l re-string my guitars to get a little in front of the game.

More will be revealed!

Happy Easter & #44

April 4th, 2021 21 comments
On Easter morning Maverick and I walk the perimeter of the Fur Peace Campus

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Happy Easter to all who celebrate! It is a lovely morning… finally.

Last night we found our into and out of #44 of the Quarantine Concert Series.

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Quarantine Concert Series #44

The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, April 3, 2021

  1. True Religion
  2. Heart Temporary
  3. Big River Blues
  4. I See The Light
  5. Death Don’t Have No Mercy for Allen Albrecht
  6. Everybody’s Talking with John Hurlbut
  7. Driving Wheel with John Hurlbut
  8. Ice Age
  9. Hesitation Blues
  10. Sleep Song
  11. Bar Room Crystal Ball

I’m pretty psyched about my EC Strat through the Louis Electric DelTone channeling the Eventide Black Hole and I can only say we’re going to be hearing and seeing more of this chain of gear!

Heading to my Sis-in-law’s place to break bread.

Stay well…

Moo & Brrrr

April 3rd, 2021 17 comments
Outstanding in their field…

Photo by Izze Kaukonen

So I’m driving our daughter back from the gym at Athens High School and we look out the window a we head south on Rt. 33. The grass… Spring green… the cows… happy to be out of the barn. Temperature in the low 70’s.

Delightful!

Then this morning as I headed out to walk the dogs and feed the cats. 17 degrees Fahrenheit. Good grief. Early Spring weather. You just have to love it.

Moving right along.

Yes, there you have it. The link for tonight’s show which would be #44. I’ll be there. Will you?

Stay well!

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Rainy Sunday Morning

March 28th, 2021 35 comments
A night or so ago

Photo by Vanessa Kaukonen

Nessa took that great picture a day or so ago and I just wanted to share it. The ladies are up in Triadelphia, West Virginia for a Volleyball Tournament but thanks to the occasional magic of the internet we were both able to be present for the chat and I could watch and critique myself during the show. Many thanks to all who tuned in and participated!

Jorma Kaukonen 14, 2021

Quarantine Concert Series #43

The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, March 27, 2021

  1. Too Many Years
  2. Broken Highway
  3. New Song For The Morning
  4. I Belong To The Band
  5. Watch The North Wind Rise
  6. Search My Heart
  7. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door with John Hurlbut
  8. A Little Faster with John Hurlbut
  9. Corners Without Exits
  10. River Of Time
  11. Water Song

A good time playing and hanging with my team here at the Fur Peace Ranch as it always is. John and I picked two songs from The River Flows Vol 2 and we are pretty excited about its release presuming that the Covid situation in Europe allows it to ship. On this as on all things, more will be revealed.

Got to get ready for my Sunday City Winery Zoom class.

The Ides Of March

March 15th, 2021 50 comments
Looking down the driveway at our gate…

Drone shot by Jorma Kaukonen

Thoughts 2021

Monday, March 15, 2021

Well, Saturday night last, March 13, 2021 that would have been, we celebrated and played our 41st show in the Quarantine Concert Series. Forty-one weeks of music not counting our great shows from the  Vaults. As we started the show it took a moment or two for me to find my artistic homeplace and get comfortably relaxed but I’ll get to that after the set list entry.

When I create a set list when for one of our QCS shows or a ‘real’ show in the outside world I try to focus on where I am that evening… physically, spiritually and emotionally. I select tunes that reflect that environment. If a get an outside request from someone that doesn’t contravene that microverse I’m inhabiting then I may or may not add that tune. On this night, someone needed to hear 3rd Week In The Chelsea so I swapped out Izze’s Lullaby. Glad to oblige. The Lullaby will get the call next week and I’m very fond of 3rd Week so in it went.  In any case, here’s the Set List from the 13th.

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Quarantine Concert Series #41

The Fur Peace Station

Darwin, Ohio

Saturday, March 13, 2021

  1. Parchman Farm
  2. Mama Let Me Lay It On You
  3. Things That Might Have Been
  4. San Francisco Bay Blues
  5. Ain’t In No Hurry
  6. A Thousand Miles From Nowhere with John Hurlbut
  7. Morning Dew with John Hurlbut
  8. 3rd Week In The Chelsea
  9. Waiting For A Train
  10. Trial By Fire
  11. I Am The Light Of This World

Now, back to getting relaxed on our home stage for our show. As I was walking over to the Fur Peace Station with my Burnt Husk Tea and the evening’s set list I saw a car stopped by the closed gate next to our ticket booth out in the parking lot relentlessly beeping his horn. Now, the parking lot gate was closed and there is a profusion of large signs from St. Clair Road to the parking lot plainly advising the public that the Fur Peace Ranch Facility was closed, I was going out to deal with it but Vanessa insisted that she do it. Now it’s not up to me to decipher what might be in anyone’s head. I’ve got more than enough going on in my own. In any case perhaps the individual was innocent enough in their well-meaning intrusion but that doesn’t matter. When you are asked to leave someone’s property, you leave. Compound this with an unmasked individual who was speaking in riddles and a myriad of warning flags are raised.

Vanessa insisted that I not get involved but I stayed close enough so that if I needed to make my presence felt I would be there. Like we say down here in the country, ‘When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.’ Anyway, Vanessa kept insisting that he leave and he finally got back in his car and instead of simply turning around in our ample parking lot, he got his rig stuck in my culvert and then tore it up getting out. As he finally extricated himself from the ditch he stuck his hand out the window and flipped us off.

Ooooh…. That really hurt.

Oh well, as we say.

Anyway, I’d be lying if I said that wasn’t on my mind as we started #41 forty minutes or so later.  The good news is that we all settled and had another great evening. Music is indeed magical in its healing powers. Now before I move on, without reflecting on what the intruder’s intentions might or might not have been, the whole moment was rife with disrespect. Nuff said.

Moving right along… I watched the Grammy’s last night and I have to say I thought it was one of the most entertaining Grammy presentations I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot of them. Our fourteen year old daughter reminded us, ‘The Grammy’s are tonight Dad…’ My expectations were low but I was more than pleasantly surprised. I know little about ‘new’ music. Not because I look down on it, it’s just not part of my artistic world unless someone opens the door for me and invites me to peek in. I got the invite and I not only peeked in, I walked through the door… and yes, I like Cardi B.

Cool… it’s hard to remember, but Jefferson Airplane got a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 1967 and I got a nomination for Best Traditional Folk Album in 2002. (Doc Watson won that year as he should have.) That’s really funny because until very recently I had no idea that Jefferson Airplane had garnered a nomination. Our daughter Izze said, ‘How could that have been Dad?’ Speaking only for myself, that kind of stuff just didn’t matter to me back then. Quite simply put, I was unaware of that honor and didn’t give it a second thought. We collectively didn’t get into the game for those kinds of honorifics. This many years down the road two Grammy nominations, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and being inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame are all honors that I will gladly bask in. At this point in my life I’ll take the wins as I see them and walk on smiling.

Who knew?

As for last night’s Grammy show and the memories it induced, all I can say is you’re only young once. I’m still working on perfecting ideas that were nascent over half a century ago. I was an Enfant Terrible a long time ago. Now I’m just trying to avoid the Terrible part.

Hey… in spite of the Pandemic, life isn’t boring.

Stay well…

#41 At Your Service!

March 13th, 2021 14 comments
Be there or….

Indeed… a little bit more Springlike today and we’re loving every minute of it. Several good dog walks already and a live show in the Quarantine Concert Series tonight. It’s going to be a good day!

‘See’ you all there!

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